Tony Ricci D.Sci




  • The Society for NeuroSports will be soon hosting its very first annual conference in Florida (November 15th-16th 2019). 
  • The event will bring together some of the most prominent names in sports neuroscience, which is particularly exciting as this domain is a relatively uncharted territory.
  • The Society for NeuroSports is the only non-profit academic society dedicated to promoting the integration of neuroscience with exercise & sport science. NeuroSports, the cerebral sister organisation of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, is the world's leader in providing science-based sports neuroscience information.
  • We are all very thrilled to get the ball rolling on this exciting journey. After all, the complex interplay between brain, exercise and nutrition has played second fiddle to other areas of research for quite some time and only now begins to emerge as a fully fledged, independent category.

It is precisely for these reasons that periodically, will be running a feature post highlighting the work of some of the most brilliant minds you will get to meet at the 1st Annual Society for NeuroSports Conference in Nov 15th-16th, 2019, Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort! 


Tony Ricci D.Sci

Blood Sport: Training for Combat involves Acquired Mental Qualities

Tony Ricci, D.Sci

Tony Ricci is a Fellow and Advisory Board member of the ISSN. Tony holds separate Masters Degrees in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition, with Doctoral work in Health Sciences. He is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, he is the founder of Fightshape International, a multi-discipline performance enhancement company, through which he has coached scores of professional athletes in fight-sports including 6 World Champions.

Tony serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Dymatize Nutrition, holds State and Board Certifications as a Nutritionist, (CNS/CDN) certifications in Strength & Conditioning with the NSCA and NASM. Along with achieving black belts in several martial arts, he continues rigorous training in fight-sports and serves as the Sports Science Advisor for Team Serra-Longo MMA.

Academic titles:

Doctorate of Sciences and Candidate of Doctorate of Education in Sports Psychology and Motor Learning. NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, State and Board Certified Nutritionist.

In my day-to-day work, I do the following:
Assistant Professor of Sports Sciences, Performance Coach for World Champions in Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing and Boxing

Best way to learn more about me (www, social media etc.)
Instagram: fightshape_ricci

If money was no object, I would like to see more research in the following areas of sports neuroscience:

The differences (if any) in the associated regions of the brain, CNS, and muscular systems in reactive verses proactive sports performance applications. As example, performing a hex bar deadlift in response to an external stimuli, such as reactions lights, or skill specific movement cues induced by facilitator. Accordingly to determine if such protocols can be more effectively married to live skills sets requiring the respective biomotor demands. 

Understanding biomotor demands of the sport can give combat athletes an upper hand

What important truth do very few people agree with you on?
There are very, very few facts, and the term is used far too loosely, in sciences, and across all arenas for that matter.

What challenges do you envisage for sports neuroscience?

Integrating that which Sports neurosciences elucidates into practice in the field, will such data be accepted and recognized the potential by coaches, trainers and athletes.

Other than nutrition, exercise, meditation and good sleep hygiene, what do you do to work on your cognition?
Daily try new motor skills, switch most of what I do each day with left and right hands, as well as  read on a subject matter of which I am unfamiliar.

Top three books everyone should read.

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawkins

La Fatica Angelo Mosso 1889 - First to propose the Central Governor Model of Fatigue

Anything By Dr Jaime Tartar 

Sports Neuroscience is meaningful to me because:

The ancestor to any successful or unsuccessful motor skill application occurred first in the brain.

A couple of fun facts about me:
 I am very boring , flew under the radar most my life and don't particularly like attention, I may even be more comfortable being criticized than praised